Museum of Latin American Art🌸
Art by: #FrankRomero
Pleasantville color cartoon, 1997
The painting is a study for a mural that appears in Pleasantville, the 1998 film in which two contemporary teenagers find themselves trapped in the homogenous world of a 1950's sitcom. The mural- painted as an act of protest in the film- shows the turmoil that ensues as the teens influence literally transforms the town from black & white to vibrant color. That Romero, a Mexican-American artist from urban Los Angeles, was commissioned to create the central visual component of a film that takes place in all-Anglo
suburban town, speaks to his ability to capture a certain nostalgia related to the concept of the stereotypical "all-American" experience. By the early 1990s Romero had transcended the narrow label of "Chicano artist", most notably by the 1993 accession of one of his paintings into the collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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